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Pascagoula residents regroup after tornado

Jackson says he's glad no one was injured. (Photo source: WLOX) Jackson says he's glad no one was injured. (Photo source: WLOX)
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

Friday night's tornado caused an extensive amount of damage in several parts of Pascagoula, leaving residents to piece together what they lost.

On Saturday, Vincent Jackson peered across what was once the business he started from the ground-up.

"Nobody was here, it wasn't during the day when we were full of clients working out. It happened late at night. You can always replace buildings and equipment, but you can never replace a life," said Jackson, who owns Singing River Crossfit Gym. 

Heavy winds knocked out most of the windows, ripped off the garage doors and blew off the gym's roof. Yet, Jackson is optimistic he'll be able to rebuild.

"It's a business. You have clients and you have members wondering how long it's gonna take to get back up and running," he said. 

Just a few blocks away, the Pascagoula Park and Recreation Department also sustained roof damage. Beginning Monday, the city's summer camp will be held at Trent Lott Academy.

Camp hours and activities will remain the same, and parents can pick up and drop off their kids at the school's cafeteria in the front of the building.

All other classes and programs, as well as the Parks and Recreation Department offices, will remain at the damaged facility while repairs are made.

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